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Operating as Fix Auto Basildon, the latest addition to the network commands a three-acre site in the heart of the famed town of Basildon and workshop space spanning more than 27,000 sq ft encompassing several buildings cleverly positioned to ensure a seamless workflow.

Owned by Steve Abbs who built the foundation of the business mechanically repairing primarily Commercial Vehicles then into German-made cars with two more centres, the entrepreneur and his partner Simon Croft diversified into body-repairs in 2014 and oversee the region’s leading repair centre. The day-to-day running of the site is managed by Bodyshop Manager Lee Williams.

The site currently processes up to 160 vehicles cars and LCVs monthly but have scope to increase that to more than 200. 

Under the MotorAid guise, the business has operated as one of the network’s ‘second tier’ of un-branded repair centres for nearly a year but have increased their standing by stepping up to be full-blown fully branded Fix Auto UK repair centre.

Said Steve: “We are constantly looking to improve and develop the business. Nearly a year ago we started repairing vehicles for Fix Auto UK and liked the services they provide. We realised early into our relationship there was much more to the network, and we wanted more of it.

“We’ve recognised we needed to future-proof our business, being part of a network, especially one with such a reputation as Fix Auto UK, has to be the future for all repairers and we’re now delighted to be part of it.”

Simon added: “We like to think we run a fairly good ship, but we are also realists and recognise that, like so many businesses, you can always learn for your peers, the help, support, guidance and processes and amenities in place will, we are sure, further secure the business, but help us to elevate it and ensure we meet our own ambitions.”

Ian Pugh, Managing Director for Fix Auto UK, said: “These are undoubtedly frenetic times for the industry and we are always striving to strengthen the network but with businesses that sit right for us and, dare I say, we have to be the right fit for them too.  Steve and Simon have built up an enviable reputation over the years and have served us well since the start of 2022, stepping up to be a first tier, fully branded, Fix Auto UK repairer was the natural progression and I am delighted to have them on board.”

Caption:  The only way is Essex… Fix Auto Basildon joins the network (from left) Group Operations Director Jason Brett, Bodyshop Manager Lee Williams, Owner Steve Abbs, Co-Owner Simon Croft with Garry Carter, Regional Business Manager for Fix Auto UK and Martin Willis, the network’s Business Development Manager.

Notes to Editors:
· Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 780 bodyshops.
· Fix Auto UK carries out more than 150,000 body repairs per year for leading motor insurance companies, fleets, and retail customers.
· Fix Auto UK, Lyndale House, Harcourt Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1WL. Tel: 0116 3265401.
· Fix Auto UK’s Portfolio of wholly owned repair centres comprises Fix Auto Daventry, Fix Auto Colwyn Bay, Fix Auto Barnsley, Fix Auto Crawley, Fix Auto Paignton, Fix Auto Liverpool South, Fix Auto Castleford, Fix Auto Newport and Fix Auto Henley-on-Thames. The Network also holds a majority share in Fix Auto Goole.
· Fix Auto Mid Devon – Marsh Road, Lords Meadow Industrial Estate, Crediton, EX17 1EU  10, Festival Trade Park. Tel: 01363 772066.
Please Note: For further information please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596. Email: mrichards@fixauto.co.uk